The pressure is on. Teams are starting to get together and preparing for the 82 games that are ahead of them in less than a month, but some prime young stars are still on the sidelines as restricted free agents. Apparently, some of them don’t want to accept a historic long-term deal for their hometown team.
What’s holding up the Marner and Boeser deals? Should the NHL shrink their exhibition schedule? @FriedgeHNIC talks all that and so much more in the season premiere of 31 Thoughts.
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In Elliotte Friedman’s latest 31 Thoughts — where all the juicy details and some new information is always expected — he provided a wealth of detail in how the negotiations between the Leafs and Mitch Marner are currently going.
It is impossible to write or talk about Marner without offending someone, so here is my attempt at a bias-free take: It’s tense and personal. My belief is Toronto is willing to go to an $11-million AAV, but only if he signs for seven years. I’d heard both sides might agree to two years — then let arbitration sort it out — but a few …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation